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Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas (MARA)

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­ural Resources and the Nat­ural His­tory Soci­ety of Mary­land teamed up to con­duct a 5-year state-wide her­petol­ogy atlas, known as the Mary­land Amphib­ian and Rep­tile Atlas (MARA) or the Herp Atlas. This study doc­u­ments the dis­tri­b­u­tion of rep­tiles and amphib­ians through­out Mary­land. Sev­eral local groups par­tic­i­pat­ed and sup­ported MARA includ­ing Howard County’s Nat­ural Resources Divi­sion, the Howard County Bird Club and the Sierra Club of Howard County.


Vol­un­teers searched for herps (rep­tiles and amphib­ians) through­out the state:

  • You can help by doc­u­ment­ing and report­ing herps you come into your yard or when you are out hik­ing and exploring.
  • Photo doc­u­men­ta­tion and loca­tion are required to be counted in the Atlas.  In the case of frogs and toads, record­ings of their calls are accept­able as well.

Please con­tact Sue Muller to sign up to join vol­un­teer herp searches or to report your find­ings: smuller@howardcountymd.gov.

For more info on the atlas visit: http://www.howardbirds.org/herpatlas/HC_MARA_Maps_shell.php

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